Serbia low on new TI ranking of perceived corruption
BELGRADE -- Serbia is treading water on the annual Transparency International ranking of perceived corruption, Transparency Serbia head Vladimir Goati said, Beta reported.
Serbia got 39 out of 100 points according to a new ranking method that awards 100 points to countries that are very "clean" perceived corruption-wise, while countries with zero points suffer heavy corruption.
Goati said Serbia was stuck on the list because it did not "measure good will and announcements, but achievement."
Serbia brings up the rear among the former Yugoslav republics - 80th on the overall list, it is five slots behind Montenegro, eight behind Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 behind Macedonia and 18 behind Croatia.
Transparency reps enumerated breaches of anti-corruption legislation, violation of legal security by passing contradictory and unclear acts, the extra-institutional power of political parties, lack of lobbying regulation, non-transparent decision-making, unnecessary procedures and insufficient capacity of law enforcement oversight agencies.
Last year, Serbia ranked 86th, with a 3.3 perceived corruption index.
UN resident coordinator in Serbia William Infante told Beta news agency that the current cabinet of Serbia had taken "fantastic steps" to battle corruption and sent the message that no one was "above the law".
December 6, 2012 | 13:58 | Source: Beta, Blic | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Patriarch Irinej has denied that the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Synod sent a letter to the state leadership regarding the situation in Kosovo.
December 6, 2012 | 17:00 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić presented the Islamic Community of Serbia's Grand Mufti Hamdija Jusufspahić with a state honor in a ceremony on Thursday.
December 5, 2012 | 14:48 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (29) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Serbia's Ambassador to NATO Branislav Milinković died tragically in Brussels on Wednesday at the age of 52, the Foreign Ministry has released.
December 6, 2012 | 16:25 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s Finance Minister Mlađan Dinkić says that he has submitted an amendment to the Draft Law on Public Enterprises to the competent parliamentary committee.
December 3, 2012 | 09:25 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Two security workers suffered minor injuries when a fire broke out at the National Theater in Belgrade around midnight on Sunday.
December 4, 2012 | 17:37 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Students from several universities in Serbia gathered in Belgrade on Tuesday to ask parliament to adopt a resolution on the Hague Tribunal.
December 4, 2012 | 17:45 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Media Coalition has expressed its deep dissatisfaction with the Draft Law on Public Enterprises, that has been submitted to the Serbian parliament.
December 4, 2012 | 11:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian and foreign experts have said that the State Audit Institution of Serbia (DRI) was developing very fast, reporting significant results in a short time.
December 1, 2012 | 13:26 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
LISBON, BELGRADE -- B92 Fund's Battle for the Babies campaign has won a Silver Award in the public relations category at the Eurobest International Creativity Festival in Lisbon.